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Bethany Presbyterian Church (Milan) fonds
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0,41 m of textual records. - 5 photographs. - 2 postcards.
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Bethany Presbyterian Church was formed in 1917 in Milan as a result of a split within the St. Luke's Presbyterian Church congregation in Hampden. The two churches then formed one congregation, but each had its own board of managers until the closure of St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in 1944. In 1925, when the United Church of Canada was formed, Bethany Presbyterian Church did not join and remained Presbyterian. In 1975, Bethany Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lake Megantic were merged with St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Scotstown, forming one congregation of three separate preaching stations with a common communion roll and session, and separate boards of managers. In 1980, the two churches were totally amalgamated with St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Scotstown. The building, of brick exterior, was sold and torn down in 1983.
Bethany Presbyterian Church was under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of Quebec of the Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Church was governed by the congregation and the Church courts (board of managers and session) in co-operation with committees, organizations and societies within the Church, such as the Carry-on Society and the Sunbeam Mission Band.
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The fonds contains source material on Church management, the congregation's affairs, and the women's organizations for the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Milan from the 1870s to 1980. It consists mainly of registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; minute books; accounting books; communion rolls; deeds; financial statements; orders of service; press clippings; and photographs. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Vital Statistics (1899-1980), Session (1897-1980), Board of Managers (1919-1980), Women's Organizations (1910-1972), Photographs ([187-?]-1980) and Miscellaneous Documents (1933-1989).
Some items exhibit mould damage. Dry Methods for Surface Cleaning of Paper was done on those items which required cleaning in December 2001 by Francine Godbout.
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The fonds was loaned in 1996 for 50 years by the Presbytery of Quebec of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The classification of the fonds is based on the file classification plan established by Sylvie Côté, ETRC Archivist, for local Presbyterian Church records. Individual churches do not all have records falling in each of the system's prearranged series, subseries, and files. This fonds is example, as it comprises only six series out of a possible nine.
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The documents are in English, except one in French and one in Gaelic.
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Session minutes may be consulted only with the written approval of the Presbytery of Quebec of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The register of baptisms, marriages, and burials may be restricted at the discretion of the Archivist.
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The following finding aid is available: Catalogue to the Bethany Presbyterian Church (Milan) fonds (PC006), compiled by Sylvie Côté, 1998.
Researchers may also consult the St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (Scotstown) fonds (files PC001/002/007, PC001/003/003).
No more accruals are expected.
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1 février, 2016